Ms. Butters, I will give you an analogy which hopefully will explain the frustration we're all expressing here.
About 3 months ago my boss decided to flip around my normal schedule of day shifts, to night shifts, back to day shifts, to mid shifts...and sadly with some of those night shifts there were no 8 hours in between to showing up the next day which is against the law.
I expressed my frustration to my immediate supervisor, then few weeks later i went to the boss herself and told her how determental the whole situation is and is becoming and her answer was besides alot of excuses...wait 2 more weeks and things will go back to normal.
I waited 2 weeks, i waited 3 weeks the same shit continued and i felt duped, fooled..so went to HR and it got fixed.
So here's how i feel this is parallel to my experience.
I feel this whole thread of poll, talking, exchanging ideas and expressing solutions..etc. Was nothing but giving us some sandbox to play making us to believe that we can actually build a foundation, solution, retraction to an overlooked mistake(s) and all the promise that the missing or hidden nomination to be restored was played upon us like a fool.
Nothing was done the whole time we were all here talking, discussing, partaking in the poll...nothing was restored, pulled back from the voting...nor given a proper explanation.
And if there are people on here feeling that host is not all that present at the site as is, how can he have full on attention to a comp he's hosting and especially creating this particular thread to be discussed and checks in on occasion..would you still feel that people are too haste in asking for someone who can devote more close attention so there are no blunders as huge as this one? hi, mz layla, just spotted your reply to me here. sorry, wasn't ignoring you.
i fully understand the frustration and sense of 'wtf'ness when the proper channels have been gone through and still no satisfactory resolution. i also have no problems in seeing people express their frustrations to reflect that. These forums are on public display, are they not? it's my impression they are though if i'm wrong then my thoughts apply only to new members, not the public in general. my point was more about the image it projects when mods say the sorts of things i read here.
a site's well-being and public perception depends on the behaviour of their members, mods, and admin. if newcomers—or those browsing the site—see mods (particularly) posting in such a way, it creates a certain specific impression that is detrimental to the kind of public image i would have thought any writing site would wish to promote.
there IS a difference, as far as i'm concerned at least, between the kind of candid speech encouraged/accepted by regular members and that of a mod. the very term 'moderator' implies the kind of behaviour we should expect from those who take on the job. another reason why i prefer NOT to mod nowadays and enjoy expressing myself more freely as a member.
anyway, looks like this is all going to be wrapped up nicely, with someone stepping up to take on the job and it's good to hear from lobo that he's doing okay and has found time to reply here.